My Approach

You are a living breathing organism; you have more in common with nature than with a machine. You constantly move through cycles of harmony, disharmony, and repair. This is living. This is healing. And it is through these phases of order and chaos that we transform and grow.

I dedicate myself to the practices that expand my experience of being alive. I accompany people in their healing journey. I understand healing as both living and growing; therefore, inherent to the human experience. In our work together, my client and or clients and I craft a practice that will benefit their unique needs.

I promote possibility even as one learns to accept inevitable limitations. As long as we are alive, we have choice; therefore, we can change and engage with our life in creative ways. We can always undo old ways, regardless of the dedication and effort required, and learn new ways.

Participation is Satisfying

The rewards of this work are priceless and although personal they are universal. I believe we are all social beings, need and want connection, and have a deep desire to thrive. A process of inner discovery, healing, opens us to a world beyond our past or habitual defenses. Paradoxically – and often simultaneously – our insights point us in the direction of our blockages or disowned pain.

I find the countless promises available that create an illusion damaging. Such ideas that we can control life, account for every experience we’ll have, or make some aspects of living and experiencing wrong. The best we can do is teach ourselves and others to be intimate and relational. To practice empathy, be accountable, and learn from vulnerability. We can become reflexive and responsive.

When we realize our freedom to choose, we recognize we are resourceful enough to direct our effort in creative, discerning, and wise ways. Accepting that change requires effort and tolerating the unknown is easier said than done. This may not be seen as “marketable” – a big confusion and empty promise that social media is savvy at selling – but there is an immense difference between quick fixes and transformation. The latter is sustainable and substantial; it is deeply settling and rewarding.

Expansion is a byproduct of growth that becomes stimulated by our daring to question and feel. The answers to our questions often do not come immediately, at other times we find our question has no answer. This is something we find terrifying, but I’m here to offer you a new perspective, it is a way for you to regain curiosity, open to your life and be available to it, and embrace your hunger for constant growth and change. Your awareness awakens you to the process that is being alive and is your ally as you unlearn conditioned ways of automatic thinking and acting. You can become more flexible, authentic, resourceful, and even relaxed. Teachable again.

With deep care, I support clients in their unique journey. I teach clients to love themselves. Through our work we come up with skills that are unique and relevant to the individual. No matter the circumstance, we can benefit from building a healthier self-esteem, heal relational shame, and learn more about how our boundaries shift from too rigid to non-existent. Learning to feel and communicate our needs clearly is a great skill. It empowers us and impacts our lives and the lives of those around us.

Jorja Rivero

  • Working with Jorja is the best gift that I have ever worked, given and experienced for my life and myself.  She has an incredibly nurturing and powerful way to open, encourage, push and give confidence to shift, heal and evolve.  When I started working with Jorja, I was in a negative relationship with myself, my body, food, career, in my relationships, and how I related to the world. I never imagined all the changes that were possible in all aspects of my life.  It would take me a very long time to describe in entirety how impactful, both in subtle and gigantic ways, this has occurred. So, if you are reading this, you are so lucky! Go for it and work with Jorja and show up for you. She instinctually guides and supports me and my process in just the right way and it is a beautiful evolution. Now, I live from a place where I can love and receive love, feel, hear my voice, live with awareness and be me. I have opened myself in a way I never thought possible. I am living the life I want and dreamed, as me. Thank you Jorja.  These are just two words, so short, to describe all of my gratitude.

  • When I started working with Jorja Rivero I was in a lot of pain and was confused about what I wanted for myself. She’s provided an open and nourishing space for me to cultivate my awareness and creativity. I’m learning to honor my inner voice and trust what I feel to be true. With her compassionate assistance I feel I’m on the road to a life that is truly mine and truly expressive.

    Matt P.
  • Working with Jorja Rivero has without doubt changed me, my life and what I know to be possible. A few things I work with in myself that have been tapped by the work I’ve done with Jorja are: SHOWING UP FOR ME, having ALL OF ME (even when others don’t make space for this – I have learned and continue to learn – how to provide this space for myself in any moment or situation), and how I AM ENOUGH. Jorja has led me to become aware of my ability to take ownership of myself and also of my ability to disown myself. Both of these abilities are incredibly important – yet my awareness of them especially so. This process has fed my expansion, growth, fluidity, self permission, and grace.

  • Working with Jorja Rivero is sweet and powerful. Her unique approach and intuition allowed me to connect with myself in a deeper level, explore what comes up and investigate with clarity and support all the important moments. There is always something new to learn with Jorja and I love that

  • Jorja Rivero’s exceptional teaching skills are just a natural extension of her vibrant center. She’s a generous mentor to me in my practice:  studying with her has both refined my methodology as a yoga teacher and given new alignment to my spirit.

  • Jorja Rivero helped me find and re-welcome my truest self. She has helped keep me on the path towards authenticity. Working with Jorja has given me a safe place to voice the buried and unacknowledged parts of myself. Connecting and nurturing my relationship to myself and those closest to me has led to a greater experience of integration, wholeness and life full and fully lived. I would highly recommend working with Jorja to anyone who is committed to working them selves out and getting the most of connecting in.

  • I started work with Jorja Rivero years ago during a very chaotic time in my life. As closed as I was, Jorja had the patience and wonderful personality to open me up and really work with me to understand myself. I lost touch with Jorja and therapy for years, but as I have entered a new period in my life I needed someone like Jorja again. I have begun therapy again with her and I am developing new ways to think about myself. I picked Jorja because she’s patient, empathetic, and will bring humor to the table to make me feel comfortable during difficult situations. I recommend her to anyone who seeks therapy. I believe a good therapist is hard to obtain and I know she’s one of the best. You will laugh and you will cry but you will leave the session so much better and a little wiser. I am currently working on having a different perspective on negative notions. Try it once…from personal experience I can tell you, you won’t be sorry

  • On my journey towards healing and self discovery I crossed paths with an amazing teacher and guide. Our Gestalt psychotherapy work was more than enlightening: it was spiritual, inspirational, and painfully magical. I am blessed to have worked with Jorja Rivero. Her work is personal and human

  • Jorja Rivero is a dynamic catalyst– not only for personal yoga practice, but for personal growth and evolution. Jorja’s spontaneous heart, genuine presence and overall being is a surge of joy to behold. Her classes provide a safe container for exploration and expansion– both in the postures and in alignment with our hearts and our innermost desires.

    L.K. Hickman
  • Jorja Rivero masterfully weaves yoga and gestalt therapy. Her anusara inspired classes are  always insightful. Always fun. I leave class with an open heart and a greater appreciation for the wonders that surround us every day.  Jorja is a delight and a truly inspirational teacher.

  • Working with Jorja Rivero as my therapist has been life-changing. She gets to the point quickly. By posing questions that are challenging and incisive, she helps you clarify issues and helps you find your own answers. She provides new perspectives and challenges your assumptions. She also isn’t afraid to let you know how much she genuinely cares — a quality one doesn’t often find with many psychotherapists. Jorja brings the same attention to detail and challenging spirit to her yoga instruction, from which I have also benefited and hugely enjoy. She is a gift to me in many ways.

  • Learning to support myself in asana has translated beautifully to all other aspects of my life. Jorja Rivero’s yogic choreography encourages depth; this encouragement makes space for me and I am able to go deeper in my body and deeper within myself to discover, revel in and own lost aspects of myself. Jorja’s ability to guide me through asana challenges me and opens my body and psyche so deeply there are times I leave her class experiencing a bright translucent quality to my body, spirit and energy.

  • Jorja Rivero is a pleasure to work with in a group therapy environment. She is compassionate, insightful and wise beyond her years.

  • Jorja Rivero is the best-kept secret in New York. A yoga teacher who’s also a therapist? I am only in a month and I can se how my body has changed: I’m stronger and feel lighter, with a clear head and a full heart. Yes, she’s sexy and magical and goofy – even when she is pushing you to the edge. That is what makes working so hard so rewarding – and so fun.

  • About my dearest and most admired yoga instructor, the one I get most inspired by “” Jorja Rivero “” she is very special, an opinion shared by many who have taken her classes with me. She’s energetic, inspiring, and has always prepared a class to challenge you. She pushes you to get the best out of yourself. Her psychotherapeutic knowledge led me to come up with the word thera-yoga-peutic session. Certainly attending Jorja’s class is an energizing session that cleanses the soul. Each class has been a powerful experience for me, so, Jorja…thank you, you have changed my life and inspire me to become a better person, you energize my body, and enrich my soul by simply being you.


Jorja Rivero, LCSW has a Masters in Social Work from NYU, clinical training in Gestalt Psychotherapy and is a certified Relational Life Therapist. She taught yoga for many years and continues to teach guided meditation inspired from the practices she trained in. She is passionate about her work and her genuine care and interest are palpable. She embraces the complexity of the human experience and provides deep and unique experiential guidance. Her ability to be directive and kind are an invitation for depth, transformation, possibility and expansion.

Jorja works individually with clients, does couple’s work, group work, and offers workshops.

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